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From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. In bringing Lansdale's rollicking Edgar Award?winning novel to life, Phil Gigante goes to tremendous lengths to capture the ambience of good-old-boy charm met with darkly comic dysfunction. Unlikely best friends and crime-fighting partners Hap and Leonard reveal themselves through an assortment of delightful nuances and insecurities, as Gigante injects race, sexual orientation and cultural identity into his portrayals of the principals without falling into one-dimensional stereotypes. Gigante juggles the sprawling cast of townspeople in the Klan hotbed of Grovetown, Tex.; particularly memorable turns include the town's police chief, whose gruff demeanor and insensitive buffoonery belie innate wisdom and judgment. Even minor characters vividly enhance the landscape thanks to Gigante's attention to detail. The marriage of Lansdale's creativity and Gigante's pitch-perfect delivery makes for a sublime listening experience, assuming that audiences can handle the raw subject matter and language. A Vintage paperback. (May) Copyright ? Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more From Library Journal Bad guys beware: Lansdale's protagonists put it all up front. The narrator Hap, an opinionated, sarcastic, white heterosexual, and partner Leonard, a bull-headed, blunt, black, homosexual arsonist, travel to small, racist Grovetown, Texas, to search for news of their investigative-lawyer friend Florida. While looking for information about a black man who reputedly hanged himself in the town's notorious jail, Florida disappeared. Lansdale's prose also hangs it all out, with an eye to precise description, an ear to the proper word, and a mind to expository wit. Highly recommended.Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews